FAU dropped its Conference USA opener and fell to 1-4 on the season with a 33-31 loss to FIU – a team that had arguably been the worst in the FBS prior to Saturday.
The Owls led early, thanks to a career-long 68-yard touchdown run from Buddy Howell on the game’s second play from scrimmage. They led by three at halftime after scoring 10 points in the final 1:38 of the half. They even led by a point entering the fourth quarter following Devin Singletary’s first career touchdown run.
FAU’s offense ran only eight plays in a fourth quarter that saw FIU take the lead on a field goal, then play keep-away for the final 6:02 of the game. The Owls did not pick up a first down over the final 15 minutes.
Afterward FAU coach Charlie Partridge answered questions from the media following the second Shula Bowl loss in his three-year career.